This month, we’re excited to share with our Neighborhood Councils, how to create a public mural through the City’s
Citywide Mural Program. Visit the Department of Cultural Affairs website http://culturela.org/murals for the mural
registration application and for a robust Frequently Asked Question section that can answer many of the questions for
your Neighborhood Council.
For Neighborhood Councils, there are a couple of key points to be mindful of with murals. Early research and preparation
is key to a successful mural project.
1. Please contact the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment’s, Semee.Park@lacity.org for guidance if you would
like to work on a project involving a mural or providing money for a mural.
2. Money may only be expended toward mural projects when the mural is registered with the Department of Cultural
Affairs, including murals located on public or private property. In addition, murals are currently only allowed
on residential property in Council Districts, 1, 9, 14, and 15.
3. If the mural is located on private property, please visit the Department of Cultural Affairs
website http://culturela.org/murals for the mural registration application and for a robust Frequently Asked Question
section that can answer many of the questions for your Neighborhood Council.
Murals located on City property must go through a different process, reviewed and approved by the Public Art Committee
and Cultural Affairs Commission. For more information, see DCA Public Art Approval
4. The property owner must sign the application certifying permission (notary is required) and accepting maintenance
responsibility. A 2-year covenant is filed with the County Recorder’s Office to ensure that the mural remain for a minimum
of 2 years. There is a registration fee of $60.00 for mural registration implementation.
5. There is a required neighborhood involvement meeting for each new mural proposal and is a great opportunity to
expand your Neighborhood Council’s Outreach. Reach out to your Neighborhood Council Advocate to collaborate!